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Date of Interview

3-4-2003

Duration of Audio File

00:27:07

Interviewee

Ray Pineau

Age

Born 1947, approximately aged 56 at time of the interview

Gender

Male

Birth Place

Likely Jay Maine

Residence

Jay, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

UPIU Local 14, strike leader in famous International Paper Strike in Jay, Maine, 1987-88, skilled maintenance worker

Role

Union

Mill or Principal Employer

S.D.Warren

Mill Location

Jay, Maine 04262

Keywords

Jay Strike, International Paper Strike, Strike Leader, Maine Legislature Labor Caucus, Pipefitter

Abstract

Ray Pineau was a leader in the historic Jay, Maine International Paper Strike in 1987-88. He is featured in Julius Getman's book on the strike: "The Betrayal of Local 14." Pineau's interview includes his observations on the politics and attitudes of the S.D. Warren workers and union leaders during the Jay Strike; Pineau worked at S.D. Warren for a brief period during the strike. Later became a representative in the Maine State Legislature, helping to found a labor caucus in the 1990s and 2000s.

Comments

Also makes interesting observations about Westbrook making the industry's best paper in the industry. Describes how he brought in-plant organizing techniques to S.D. Warren workers that radicalized their relations with management, and his experiences reaching out and educating workers in other Maine paper mills.

Document Type

Interview

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